Community service: a high school requirement you may enjoy

Chantel Carter, Fremont Magnet High School

Many high schools in Los Angeles require students to complete community service hours before graduating. At Fremont Magnet High School, all students are required to complete 160 hours and many have trouble choosing a good place to volunteer.

Community service is a good thing. Working for local organizations enables you to become an involved citizen in your neighborhood. Also, when the time comes to apply for college, community service always looks good on the application and gives you an advantage over students that haven’t taken the time to contribute to their community!

I know that the last thing that you would like to do when you’re not doing schoolwork is waking up to volunteer. I’ll take being lazy in bed over being an “involved citizen” any day. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we can wish for this requirement to go away, it won’t. So we’ve got suck it up, wipe the sleep out of our eyes, and get it out of the way. And with four years to complete these hours, there is really no excuse not to complete your service.

Can’t think of where to do your community service?

A misconception that a lot of students have is that community service means that you have to go out and pick up trash on the side of the freeway. That’s not always the case. The truth is, there are many places you can do community service that are right in your face. You can do community service anywhere, like a school, church, or a local business.

If you don’t want to do community service in your neighborhood, there’s always the possibility of traveling. If you go to another state with your family, see if there’s anyway that you can get a few hours done on your vacation. If you can’t leave the state, you can do something small like go to another city, or even another part of Los Angeles! Just know that there are opportunities everywhere to do your service, and who knows? You might just find something that you really enjoy, and those 160 hours will just fly by.

Service day at the Robeson Center

The Robeson Center is a great space on Vermont that has unfortunately suffered decay and is in great need of interior TLC. Peeling paint, dusty bookshelves and cluttered rooms are preventing the community center from being a real hub of activity in South L.A. The first phase of their cleanup process began a few weeks ago with members of the Black Workers Center in Los Angeles. Phase two will begin on Thursday, and there are plenty of jobs for everyone.

Leaders at the Robeson Center say they hope this will be the “last big push” needed in advance of a planned open house in mid to late November. The three days of cleanup, which the Robeson team is calling the “Service Day Slam,” will consist of three hours per day from Thursday, Oct. 21 to Saturday, Oct. 23. Volunteers are needed to help with painting, flooring, ceiling tiles and cleaning.

Service Day Slam schedule:

·      Thursday, Oct. 21 7am – 10am

·      Friday Oct. 22 10am – 1pm

·      Saturday, Oct. 23 1pm -3pm

If you can volunteer some time and effort, please simply show up at one of the service days.